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With mentoring as a growing mechanism to support the museum and heritage sector and its workforce, it is important that mentors can access regular skills development to support them in their role. This is why for the third year running, 2017 will see the return of the Mentoring and Museums Conference.
This conference will bring together mentors from across the south of England for a one day event designed for previous conference attendees and those who have not attended before.
Delegates will have the opportunity to refresh existing skills, as well as learn new ones, with workshops available on leadership skills and how to manage conflict and change suitable for mentors regardless of what scheme or programme they mentor for. For those that mentor for Arts Council England’s Accreditation scheme, there are bespoke workshops on how to support your mentee museum through their triennial review plus a collections-focussed workshop.
The event will enable attendees to learn from others’ experience and exchange good practice, as well as hear first-hand about forthcoming changes to mentoring in the sector and the resources which support mentors.
This event is organised by museum development providers in the South West and South East of England and the HLF Catalyst Programme, with support from the Museums Association and Collections Trust and is open to current and potential mentors in the following schemes:
- Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation scheme
- Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy
- Associateship of the Museums Association
- Museum Development Officers, who use mentoring skills as part of their work to support the museums sector
- Plus others who mentor within the museum and heritage sector
Please note: This conference is not intended as a first introduction to mentoring. If you are brand new to mentoring and have not had any training at all yet, please contact the organiser of your mentoring scheme who can point you in the direction of appropriate introductory training.
09.45 - 10.15 Arrival, registration and networking with refreshments: using a facilitated ‘icebreaker’ process (People Bingo) to enable participants to meet others and exchange experiences.
10.15 - 10.30 Welcome, housekeeping and introduction to the day
10.30 – 11.00 Key note: The value of mentoring, Maggie Appleton, Chief Executive, RAF Museum
Maggie Appleton has over 25 years’ experience in the museums sector and is passionate about the difference that museums and culture can make to people’s lives. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Air Force Museum, a National Museum attracting 700,000 visitors a year across two free-to-enter sites in Hendon, North London and Cosford in the West Midlands, Maggie was previously Chief Executive of Luton Culture. Maggie’s career-long commitment to mentoring includes mentoring a number of colleagues, both for shorter and longer periods, including those undertaking the AMA, as well as speed mentoring at MA Conference and at its ‘Moving on Up’ conference and with the Women Leaders in Museums Network (WLMN). Maggie will speak about her experience as a mentor – and a mentee - and the influence her mentoring practice has had on her own approach to leadership and on her career. Be inspired by Maggie’s mentoring story.
11.00 – 11.30 Mentoring for career development, Tamsin Russell, Museums Association
The Museums Association is committed to supporting those in an active mentoring relationship wherever they are. As the professional body for those that work and volunteer in the sector we want to ensure that as mentors you feel supported; and equally as mentees you understand the process and expectations.
During this session we will explore how this is reflected in the new Workforce Strategy 2017-2020; acknowledging the role mentoring has to play for learning at an individual, organisational and development level but with the need to always balance clarity about the mentoring process - as E.M. Forster once said - “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
11.30 – 12.15 Panel discussion: mentor-mentee relationships
We are delighted that two real life mentor-mentee pairings have agreed to share their experiences with us.
- Christine Beresford, Trustee of Horsepower Museum, with her mentor on the Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy project by Emily Jundi, Founding Partner of Jundi Williamson Fundraising.
- Hilary Marshall, Manager of the New Forest Centre, with her mentor through the Accreditation scheme, Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections at the National Motor Museum
Through this panel discussion chaired by Lucy Marder, Cultural Partnerships Officer of the South East Museum Development Programme, you can find out what they each gain from the experience, how their relationship has developed over time and how they have addressed challenges in working together. We welcome suggestions of questions that you would like to ask our panellists. Please submit your suggestions via your registration form.
12.15 – 12.30 How do you share the value of mentoring to your employer? Roz Bonnet, Elizabeth Neathey, SWMDP
This session will explore the groundwork which has been undertaken to date in establishing a framework to advocate the value of mentoring to employers. It will cover key areas of consideration for employees to take back to their workplace, to enable mentors to be more supported in their role.
12.30 – 1.15 Lunch and networking opportunity
1.15 – 1.30 Movement into spaces for afternoon workshops.
1.30 – 2.30, Workshop 1
Mentoring your museum through the Triennial Return, Vicky Dawson SWMDP and Kate Hebditch, SEMDP
This session will outline what ACE looks for in a Triennial Return before moving on to exploring how you can help your museum face the requirement with confidence and minimum upheaval. There will an opportunity to share experiences and swap effective strategies.
Leadership skills for mentors, Elizabeth Neathey, SWMDP
The role of a mentor is about enabling individuals to identify and empower their mentee to make positive change within their work environment by identifying ways to achieve their goals. The mentoring relationship is closely aligned to that of being a leader, being able to provide the framework and ideas to encourage the exploration of ways forward.
The focus of this session is to enable delegates to explore the core elements of leadership and its role and impact on the mentoring relationship. There will be an opportunity to discuss how delegates can integrate these skills and knowledge within their mentoring practice.
2.30 – 3.00 Refreshments and movement into spaces for afternoon workshops
3.00 – 4.00 Workshop 2
Dealing with conflict at times of change, Lucy Marder, SEMDP and Romilly Beard, Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy
This workshop will explore the role of the mentor in supporting individuals or organisations experiencing conflict at times of change. By taking part in the workshop you can better understand the relationship between conflict and change and explore your role in supporting your mentee to deal with conflict. Areas covered will include: identifying sources and signs of conflict; tools and frameworks to help you as a mentor; practicing skills at dealing with conflict between mentor and mentee.
Supporting museums through a collections review, Sarah Brown, Collections Trust
A collections review is the structured and strategic examination of an organisation’s collections and associated information, in order to improve the understanding of those collections and their needs, so they can be used and developed more effectively for the benefit of users.
This workshop will introduce the best practice principles of collections review, including a look at the new SPECTRUM 5 procedure. Together we will discuss the benefits and varied outcomes of a collections review, looking at the guidance and resources available, and discuss the areas of support a museum mentor may be able to offer their museum.
4.00 – 4.30 Refreshments, consolidation and goal setting
*Travel bursaries are available for some schemes, please speak to your scheme leader or email firstname.lastname@example.org